Three South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members have been caught on camera smoking during the funeral service of anti-apartheid activist Andrew Mlangeni on Wednesday.
The three officials were caught by a Newzroom Afrika cameraman during the funeral service with their face masks lowered, lighting cigarettes while standing in close proximity.
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The sale of tobacco has been banned under lockdown regulations which means the officials could have broken government’s cigarette ban.
It is unclear whether the SANDF members have receipts for their cigarettes, as stipulated by Minister of Police Bheki Cele, or whether they had stocked up on four months’ worth of smokes before the lockdown.
At a media briefing in May, Cele warned smokers that those found smoking outside their homes would be asked to show receipts of when the cigarettes were bought.
Didn’t General Bheki Cele say that anyone caught smoking in public would have to produce the receipt to prove they bought it before lockdown?Bloody hypocrites! https://t.co/UkBSSpljuY
News24 contacted the SANDF for comment after the incident, however, its spokesperson had not responded to questions at the time of publication.
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